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Landmark sculpture unveiled at Manor Royal Business District
Local employers and public officials gathered this week to mark the completion of works to transform one of Manor Royal Business District's main entrances, including the creation of an impressive landmark sculpture commissioned by Manor Royal BID.
The improvements began earlier this year at the roundabout site, which is on London Road at the junction with Betts Way and Fleming Way near to Astral Towers. The project was led by the Manor Royal BID team, after consulting with local employers, who were given a big say on the new artwork.
The new and original sculpture was designed by Allen Scott Landscape Architecture, and has the dual purpose of being both a way-marker and an artistic tribute to Manor Royal's business and industrial traditions.
It depicts a super-sized "M" synonymous with the Manor Royal brand and stands 9 metres high by 20 metres wide. The design is inspired by engineering and manufacturing in its construction and use of materials while reflecting aspects of nature created by different sized perforations on the cladding to imprint images of trees.
The sculpture is made from a galvanised steel frame of geometric design and clad in corten steel panels. Moving around the piece creates an impression of movement. Other aspects of the project include replacing tired kerb stones with chevron paving, removing rotting planters and replacing with a simple but modern landscaping scheme.
The BID team collaborated with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council as part of ongoing efforts to upgrade the environment of Manor Royal Business District, ensuring it remains one of the South East's premier business locations.
Trevor Williams, Chairman of Manor Royal BID and Site Director of Thales UK, said: "Whether people are driving past or see the location from their office window, we hope the new landmark will enhance their view and remind them of our rich heritage here at Manor Royal Business District. This is an excellent example of how collaboration between the private and public sectors can improve the aesthetic appearance of a location."
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: "We recognise the crucial importance of the Manor Royal Business District and the pivotal role it plays in driving growth in jobs and the local economy in Crawley. The continued development of signage and wayfinding on Manor Royal is helping to ensure it is easier to navigate and improves the look and profile of the business district. We are pleased to work alongside Manor Royal BID to achieve this as part of our work to raise Crawley's overall profile."
West Sussex County Council's Leader, Louise Goldsmith, said: "Manor Royal Business District is of major importance to the wider West Sussex economy. These improvements to signs and the look and feel of the area strengthens the district and we were delighted to support it."